The human body is an amazing thing, a fact we often only truly realize when something goes wrong in it. It runs like clockwork for most of our lives, having only a couple hiccups from sickness or injury. And yet even then, our body can heal itself and will continue running until the day we die. When that clockwork is interrupted, it can be a very scary and confusing thing. For women, one of the most terrifying things is when our menstrual cycles aren’t happening “as usual.” If your period won’t stop, you should go talk to a doctor or gynecologist so that you can know exactly what’s going on. This article will give you a couple ideas of what could be going on in your body if your period won’t stop, including some very likely and very unlikely scenario.
If your period won’t stop, it may be due to internal bleeding. This is not a very common issue but is possible. Some signs of internal bleeding include bloody stools, bloody vomit, a discolored bulge under your skin or general tiredness, dizziness, or fainting.
If you don’t stop bleeding it might mean that your blood is not able to clot on the inside and may be an indicator of a low platelet count. Given enough time, your body may be able to heal internal bleeding on its own, but if you suspect that you have internal bleeding, you should try and talk to a doctor as quickly as possible.
While longer periods aren’t usually associated with menopause, sometimes the irregularities of periods can just be attributed to simple aging. In this case, as long as the bleeding isn’t too severe, you can wait it out, or talk to your doctor / gynecologist for some treatment options.
Many women find that going to licensed acupuncturists that use herbs can help stop extensive bleeding. Other women have found that eliminating carbs and processed foods from their diet and getting into exercise habits such as yoga has helped regulate their periods.
Hormonal Imbalance (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
One of the ways our bodies regulate themselves is through the use of hormones, tiny messengers that travel through the bloodstream and activate or deactivate different body functions. If your body is producing too much or not enough of a certain hormone, then your period might not stop normally. You may not have the right balance hormones because of high stress, poor diet, poor exercise, or because of a problem called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS affects about 1 in every 15 women, and is a hormonal imbalance caused by tiny, otherwise harmless cysts that grow on the ovaries and mess up the hormone creation.
Balancing a hormonal imbalance will probably require some lifestyle changes if you don’t have PCOS, but those same lifestyle habits can help you even if you have PCOS. Eating a diet of more “real food” (no carbs, no processed food) like fruits, veggies, meat and water can help your body function at its optimum. De-stressing your life can help too – things like yoga, spending free time with loved ones and getting enough sleep can all help reduce your stress levels. Getting enough exercise throughout the week will also help your body to be at its peak and function better.
Effects of Loss of Blood
If you lose too much blood, you may become anemic, dizzy, tired, short of breath, or pale. It is recommended that if you lose a lot of blood, you should start taking iron supplements to try and replace some of the iron you lose through your blood.
If you wait out one really long period and it only happens once, you should be fine for the future, but if it’s a recurring irregularity, you should talk to a doctor about it. In case that you can’t talk to a doctor, just treat the symptoms as best as you can and try to change your lifestyle to promote your body’s peak functioning – eating right, exercising enough, and staying as stress-free as possible. You will make it through this, and you will be okay. If it’s cheaper, you can try talking to an acupuncturist that uses herbs and see if they can do anything for you.